I began my journey on Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. I traveled by taxi/bus for 90 minutes to Badaling, 50 miles northwest of Beijing in Yanqing County. My first sight of the great wall were the serpentine outlined ridges of Xishan and Yashan, 1000 – 2000 m (3,200 – 6,600 ft). Amazement, respect and excitement were the thoughts as I walked upon the wall.
I was speechless as I touched the stones that millions carved and constructed, seeing the landscape that nourished and protected the locals, and hearing the stories of blood and tears over 7 dynasties. The various iterations are small, 10 foot mud and stone sections to 25 foot carved walls and large towers that extend a total of 21, 000 kilometers (13,000 miles) across the peaks of mountains.
We all begin an historical and mystical journey.
There are various syncopated patterns of steps (3 small, 1 big, and 2 wide, followed by 2 small, 2 big, 3 wide… I assume theme and variation kept the enemy baffled. As I prepare for the decline, extreme angles of flat stone, followed by an incline of steps approximately 12-15 inches high. Actually, as a bass player, I was inspired by the rhythm pattern.
Two hours later this was our view. Chara, Alex, Tiger and I reach the summit, North 4th tower. The Great Wall of China stands clearly with its calligraphic visual rhythm across the Xishan and Yanshan mountains.
What an amazing Day, Stephen Ang